10 Days Rhododendron Bhutan Festival Tour

10 Days Rhododendron Bhutan Festival Tour

Sketch Itinerary

The 10 days Rhododendron Bhutan festival tour displays the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisine, arts and craft, traditional games, cultural programs, guided walks and activities. The festival offers different species of beautiful flowers that are in full bloom at their natural habitats. Of the 46 rhododendron species recorded in the country, 29 are found in Lamperi Botanical Park, 35km from Thimphu.

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Date : 20th – 22nd April, 2018.
Venue : Royal Botanical Park, Lamperi (Dochula)
Places Covered: Paro, Thimphu, Haa, Punakha and Wangdue.

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 01. Arrive at Paro.

Day 02. Paro.

Day 03. Paro – Thimphu.

Day 04. Thimphu sightseeing.

Day 05. Thimphu – Punakha.

Day 06. Punakha.

Day 07. Punakha Gangtey.

Day 08. Gangtey – Paro.

Day 09. Paro – Haa  Paro.

Day 10. Departure.

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary for 10 Days Rhododendron Bhutan Festival Tour:

Day 1 – Arrive Paro (Altitude: 2280 m)

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular flights amongst all the mountain flights. On arrival at the Paro International Airport, representative of Yak Holidays Int’l will receive you and transfer you to Hotel.

After lunch, visit

  • Drukgyel Dzong; a ruined fortress located about 14 km away from Paro
  • Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery), it is one of the two oldest monasteries built in the seventh century by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in Bhutan.
  • Evening, take a leisurely walk around Paro town.

Dinner and O/N at Tashi Namgyal Resort or similar www.tnr.bt

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Paro.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 2 – Paro (2280m)

After breakfast,

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery. It is about 4-5hours walk up and down. Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria.
  • Evening, visit to a farm house.

Dinner and O/N at Tashi Namgyal Resort or similar www.tnr.bt

Day 3 – Paro – Thimphu (2320 m)(54 km, 1 hr drive): After breakfast,

  • Ta Dzong (now National Museum).
  • Paro Dzong (Fortress) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel

After lunch, drive to Thimphu.  On the way, view Tamchog Lhakhang. Transfer to Hotel Migmar.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.


Day 4 – Thimphu Sightseeing (2320 m):  After breakfast, visit

  • Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is popularly considered as the Father of Modern Bhutan.
  • Changangka Lhakhang (Monastery),which was built in 15th century by the high saint Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
  • Zilukha Nunnery, to see nuns reciting prayers
  • National Library where it houses a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and texts including the imprinted and archaic text of Bhutanese history.
  • Traditional Painting School, a centre where children learn traditional drawing and painting, wood carving, sculpture and other forms of traditional arts. On a visit, one can view the students at work.
  • Heritage Museum, the living farmhouse of the 19th century depicting the harmonious living style of the Bhutanese family with the domestic animals in the premises.
  • Traditional Medicine Institute, where the rich herbal medicine found abundant in Bhutan are prepared and dispensed

After lunch, visit

  • Takin Preserve Centre (Mini Zoo) to see Bhutan’s national animal Takin
  • Sangaygang View Point to catch a spectacular glimpse of Thimphu valley.  Traditional Medicine Institute, where the rich herbal medicine found abundant in Bhutan are prepared and dispensed.
  • Handicrafts Emporium, where various products of Bhutanese arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased as well.

In the evening, visit

  • Tashichho Dzong, “fortress of glorious religion”.

Day 5 – Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude: 1310 m) (76 km, 3 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Punakha. Halt at Dochula pass (3116 m) to see the spectacular view of snow capped eastern Himalayan Mountains.

En route attend full day Rhododendron Festival at Lamperi Botanical Garden.

Lunch at Lamperi Botanical Park.

Take a short hike through the Rhododendron Park. Evening, drive to Punakha.

Dinner and O/N in Punatsangchhu Cottages or similar. www.punatshangchhucottages.bt

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 6 – Punakha (Altitude: 1310 m): After breakfast, visit:

  • Khamsum Yulley Lhakhang built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk.
  • Punakha Dzong (Fortress), it was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region.

After lunch, visit

  • Chimi Lhakhang (Monastery) built in the 15th century by Ngawang Chogyel after the “Divine Madman” Lam Drukpa Kuenley built a small stupa on the site. It is a revered temple popularly recognized as a pilgrimage site for childless couples to receive blessings.

Dinner and overnight in Punatshangchhu Cottages or similar” in between Chimmi Lhakhang and Optional activities.

Day 7 – Punakha – Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m) – Wangdue (67 km one way, 3-4 hrs drive): After lunch, visit

  • Gangtey Goenpa
  • Explore Phobjikha valley: The pristine green valley is also the winter residence of rare and endangered black-necked cranes that migrate from Tibet to Bhutan in late autumn in a group of 200 to 300.
  • Evening, take a leisurely walk across the beautiful Phobjikha valley.
  • Information Crane Centre

Dinner and O/N in Theckchen Phodrang Guest House or similar. (No website)

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 8 – Gangtey – Wangdue – Paro (2280 m) (Distance: 197km, 7- 8 hrs drive):

Morning, drive to Paro. En route visit Wangdue Town. Upon arrival, check into hotel for overnight halt.

Dinner and O/N in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 9 – Paro – Haa – Paro (Distance: 65 km one way, 3 hrs drive):

Morning drive to HaaWhen you drive from Paro to Haa via Chelila pass (4200 m) and if the weather is clear, you will have a spectacular glimpse of Haa valley. Also you can catch a magnificent view of Jhomolhari, “mountain of goddess” which is about 7,315m high (the second highest peak in Bhutan) and Jichu Drake which is about 6,794m high.  En-route, you will get immense opportunities to take photographs.

  • Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple)
  • Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple).

After lunch, visit

  • Haa Town
  • In the evening, drive back to Paro. Dinner and O/N in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar”

Day 10 – Paro: Departure: Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.

Tour Photo Gallery
Rinpung Dzong @ Paro
Rinpung Dzong @ Paro
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Value Added Services
  • Hot stone bath.

    bhutanese archery

    Practicing Archery

  • Cycling around Paro valley.
  • Practice Archery.
  • Bhutanese cooking class.
  • Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
  • Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
  • Consulting an Astrologer.
  • Practice Dart.
  • Performing religious ceremony.
  • Marriage ceremonies.
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Optional Activities
  • Hike to Phajoding/ Tango/Cheri  Monastery.
  • Village walk to Kabisa
  • Mountain biking around Thimphu valley.
  • Hike to Cheri Monastery / Tango Monastery / Phajoding Monastery.
  • White water rafting in Mo Chhu/ Pho Chhu
  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Kila Gompa.
  • Excursion to Chelila Pass.